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July 18, 2003
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations 218 726-8830
Bill Wade, Interim Director, UMD Athletic Department 218 726-8718 (218 726-8168)
Shannon Miller, UMD Women's Hockey Coach 218 525-9570
Shawna Davidson, 218 525-0135 (218 726-6881)

UMD Women's Hockey Assistant Coach, Shawna Davidson, Moves On

Three-time national champion women's hockey assistant coach, Shawna Davidson, wants to do other things in life. Shawna will leave her assistant coaching position at UMD on August 22 to explore other opportunities that life has to offer.

Shawna played college hockey at UNH as well as with Team USA. She then joined UMD Coach Shannon Miller and Assistant Coach Stacy Wilson to build the most successful women's college hockey program in history. Shawna leaves UMD with three NCAA titles and a wealth of knowledge and experience.

"I had a tremendous four years working at UMD in the women's hockey program, and I truly appreciate the opportunities I have had." I have gained and given an enormous amount, and I feel that now is a good time to move on," said Davidson.

"Coaching at the Division I level is fast-paced and exciting, but also exhausting. I am ready to explore new opportunities at this point and time in my life, and I look forward to the change. I appreciate Coach Miller's and UMD's understanding of my moving on at such a late date. This was a difficult decision, and I took the time necessary to arrive at what I know is best for me. I leave UMD with a great deal of pride for what I have accomplished, and I know that I will always be a part of this very special program."

UMD hopes to hire an interim coach until an official search can be conducted to fill the assistant coach position.

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